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you've worked at building a government in baghdad, kabul, how about building a world class onhere in washinon? mr. president, time for greatness. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. "counterdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. >> which of these stories will you be talking about. general petraeus urges a church to reconsider. let's burn korans to show them how much better we are than they are. >> we have made up our minds but we are definitely praying about i want. >> even rumors it might take place sparked demonstrations including one in kabul yesterday 37 why aren't the right wing politicians listening to him and echoing his concern? the silence of the republicans. silver lining among registered
voters. the generic house seat, republicans 47, democrats 45. the task for the dems how to inspire registered voters to become likely veeters 37 amid reports of a rahm emanuel run for a mayor of chicago and a new chief of staff in the white house, the president steps it up. >> if i said the sky is blue, they'd say no. if i said fish live in the say, they'd say no. they just think it's better to score political points before an election than to solve problems 37. >> that was an error if i said that. the arizona government finally admits there are not decapitated torsos dotting the arizona landscape. but she can't make sure that she said there were. >> our law enforcement agencies found bodies in the desert, either buried or loying out there that have balanced budget beheaded. >> worsts why are rupert murdoch and kim jong-il in business
together? and the tragedy of health american insurance. cuyler has lost his battle with cancer. he was 5. all the news and commentary now on "countdown." >> good evening from new york. images of tour chur at abu ghraib would cause anti-american sentiment and americans should heed the words of general petraeus. now he says a planned koran-burning will inflame anti-american sentiment. so where are those republican politicians now?
petraeus gave an interview to the wall street journal about the koran burning and gave almost identical comments to other media as well. to quote him, it could endanger the troops and the overall effort in afghanistan. it could cause significant problems. not just here but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the islamic communities. accomplishment of our mission would be made more difficult. images would be used by extre extremists in afghanistan and around the world to enflame public opinion and incite violence. such images could be used, as were the photos of abu ghraib. this would undermine our efforts in afghanistan. the u.s. commander in charge of training did nothing to discourage the notion that the pentagon is of one mind on this issue.
>> their actions will undermine the safety and the very mission we're trying to accomplish. we very much feel this can jeapordize the safety of the men and women. >> last night, terry jones, the mastermind of this 21st century book burning said military concerns would not stop him. >> this is something that discourages you? do you care? >> i don't believe it's something that will stop utss. of course we care. it would be tragedy call because of this one person died, but at the same time, we do not feel responsible for that. tragical, he said.
he said he would not listen to the generals but he would listen to his gods. >> we are concerned. we're continuing to pray about the actions on 9/11. we are indeed very concerned about it. we don't know -- i mean, how long do we back down? >> so you're saying you might well not go through with this? you're praying about it? you might not burn the kor ran september 11? >> we are definitely praying about it. >>. >> senate candidate marko rubio recently lost his father and is not replying to media at the moment.
the attorney general replied with a no comment and other republicans who claim to support the troop, total silence today. sarah palin, mitch mcconnell, john boehner, john mccain. ed to bowers the deputy executive director of iraq and afghanistan veterans of america and staff sergeant in the marines who has served in afghanistan and two tours in iraq. great thanks for your service and your time tonight, sir. >> thanks for having me. >> very unusual, generals sounding out on the topic of domestic news. why do you think he did it? >> i'll tell you why he did it, because this is going to have an impact to the men and women on the ground in afghanistan. making comments from a general like general petraeus about something like this highlights to everybody that this is extremely urgent. we have got to deal with this and make sure that the men and women on the ground are ultimately safe. it's not necessarily a political issue. it is just an issue that all americans need to embrace that we are putting them in danger by allowing actions like this to happen and i hope the reverend recognizes that.
>> this is in your opinion a very practical issue. this is not, we shouldn't be covering this because it's giving attention to somebody who is off sort of on the deep end and trying to get publicity for his own cause or somehow trying to bash back lash against people he sees as an enemy. this is a practical thing with which you have essentially practical experience of your own first hand? >> yes. last year, less than a year ago i was in afghanistan where the taliban and insurgents in afghanistan used this same sort of tactic, burning of korans, defacing of mosques, and pitting it against american soldiers to put them in danger. >> blaming you and the people with which you served for burning korans. >> yes, sir. >> then what happened? >> then we'd have a back lash. all of the work to get to know the local nationals, the leadership, would suddenly be completely trumped because we were dealing with this propaganda campaign that the taliban and insurgents had used against us.
it was intolerable. it was awful. because the morale just plummets for the men and women on the ground when they work so hard at something and then it all goes away in a flash. >> let's stipulate, ugly as it may be, that the same kind of religious freedoms that say to us, that the backers of park 51 project in new york are entitled to build that islamic center two blocks from ground zero, that gives mr. jones the right to burn those korans but practically speaking given your experience on the issue of burning korans and having americans blamed for it how do you go about winning the hearts and minds of afghan people or other muslim nations who agree with the u.s. government in this case that this is a bad idea but who disagree with the american right to do it anyway? >> i think the biggest piece to highlight is that this is a very small few of americans that are taking part in this tactic and most importantly when i served over there i served with many american muslims in uniform fully decorated individuals who are proud of their service, proud of the work they do over there, and they are the ones there, and they are the ones that are ultimately being highly insulted by this happening. it's absolutely awful. >> what do the troops, all of the muslim american troops and
others want to hear from their positions on the ground in afghanistan, from u.s. politicians in general in response to general petraeus' remarks? >> i hope they will support general petraeus' remarks and basically say, look. this is not america. this sort of sentiment, these freedoms that we're given, we all have a moral responsibility to ensure that whatever we're doing we're supporting the men and women in uniform on the ground. so with these freedoms we are responsible, mature, and we make wise decisions by the way we use these freedoms. >> what if the silence from palin and mcconnell and boehner and former president bush and the others, what if that's honest? in other words, what if the protesters in kabul are actually right about this that america really is becoming more and more anti-islamic and this is another instance of this? >> i think a big piece of this is that this isn't a political issue. it's not left or right. it's not a donkey. it's not an elephant. it's about the men and women on
the ground and ensuring their safety and those here on u.s. soil need to understand their actions will have impacts to those men and women on the ground. and ultimately their families. there's a lot of representation here in the united states of america that has a family member, a loved one over there, that is going to be put in danger because of these actions. so it comes down to a moral responsibility as a nation as a whole. >> staff sergeant todd bowers, deputy executive director of iraq and afghanistan veterans of america. again, thank you for your service and thank you for coming in. a unique perspective and i think we've learned a lot from it. thank you. >> thank you very much. for the politics of this let's turn to former democratic chairman vermont governor and presidential candidate howard dean now of course a cnbc contributor and consultant both to democracy for america and mckenna, long, and haltridge. governor, good evening. >> and the guy with the longest introduction on television. >> general petraeus wants this pastor to cancel the koran burning. why aren't people like sarah palin and john boehner and mcconnell and company helping to cut to the nut of this general petraeus protect our men and women in uniform? >> unfortunately, i think the republican party has become the
party, this really started back with richard nixon's southern strategy, that appeals to hatred. and i don't think the majority of republicans are haters but there is a significant hate wing of the republican party, including the talk show hosts like glenn beck and laura ingraham and rush limbaugh and people like that and they don't dare cross them. for a long time we've thought fox worked for the republican party. now we know fox really runs the republican party. >> if they don't really believe in that mantra of five, six years ago listen to the generals, what is it that really guides them? and i guess i'm speaking more of the politicians than the announcers. >> i think it's politics, pure and simple. look, i hope that the pastor will think about what being a christian is about and, you know, you don't fight hate with hate. that's not what jesus was talking about. so as he's praying on this, i hope he'll think about the people in afghanistan who are going to suffer, our people in afghanistan, who are going to suffer if he does this.
there is no need for this. and it doesn't get you anything. it doesn't make things better. it doesn't reconcile. i think the gentleman you just had on who talked about american muslims in uniform fighting for our country, people ought to keep a mind out for that. my guess is, i don't know what the pastor's military record is, but, you know, if he doesn't have one he really ought to think twice about doing this. i don't think he ought to do it anyway but certainly he ought to think about what he is doing to our people. >> i think we could probably debate whether that next thought would be the second or the first that he's had on this but let me get back to the political strategy here. if this book burning goes ahead, and palin and boehner and mcconnell and everybody else stayed silent on it, do they not own the consequences particularly the consequences on the ground in afghanistan that we just heard staff sergeant bowers enumerate? >> yeah. and i have to say, one of the rare times i'll stand up for george w. bush.
george w. bush really did do a lot when he was president, most of which i disagreed with, but one of the things he did do was stand up and make it clear that american muslims were not to be condemned because of the acts of the extremists in afghanistan and iraq. he does need to say something about this. i think it would be very helpful. he is the kind of person i know who believes that. i think these other people are mostly politicians out for their own interests but i think that the president was clear about that to his credit and i think he ought to stand up and say something about it now. i think it would be very helpful. >> it wouldn't take much either. it's not like one of these people, the former president included, would have to come out and condemn an entire political party or cause or even the broad sense of we need to be suspicious or whatever angle they're going for but just to come out and say this is a bad idea that could lead to the harm, potentially the deaths of american troops, would be enough, a small message in this case, correct? politically this isn't a big risk to speak out against something like this.
>> no, actually i think it would be refreshing. i think americans are sick of the division and the hatred. i don't think, you know, there's not much of a left left in this country anymore but certainly in the 1960s and 1970s they were doing things that were very unhelpful blowing up buildings and stuff like that. people got killed in some of them. you need to condemn extremism wherever it exists. right now the extremism is something that is driving the republican party and that's not the republican party my father grew up in. it doesn't have to be the republican party. it's only the republican party because republican leadership stays silent. >> you know staff sergeant bowers said something and i'd love your reaction. in the field when he would be asked by the people in afghanistan after his second offensive on fallujah after american contractors had been dragged through the streets whenever they would find even
dead insurgents they would make sure they were handled with the correct muslim rituals and rights observing the religious practices and many of the local people said, why are you doing this when these are the same people who defiled american bodies? and the answer was, because we're not going to stoop down to that level. >> that is very important. very important. a great country doesn't stoop to the level of the extremists in afghanistan. we are a great country. we have to remember that. it is natural, a natural human reaction to hate and want revenge on the people that are attacking our troops and so forth, the people who killed 3,000 americans at the world trade center. that's a natural reaction. but the fact of the matter is, great countries don't do that. the reason we're a great country is we don't stoop to the level of extremists and radicals. >> governor howard dean, former chair of the dnc, as always, governor, great thanks. >> thanks. does a new mayor of chicago mean a new white house chief of staff? when there is polling showing republicans and democrats in a flat footed tie in the generic congressional races how come you're not hearing about it on tv? well, you will, next. [ beep ] [ beep ] ♪ [ beep ] [ male announcer ] find an italian masterpiece in your grocer's freezer.
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with the mid term elections now just 56 days away there is no policy without politics. so in our fourth story president obama tries to reclaim the offensive on both. while the ugly poll numbers for democrats keep coming, those very same polls tell a second story if the democratic party could manage to turn out its own base it would probably survive the mid terms nearly intact. the same does not appear to be true, however, for chief of staff rahm emanuel. president obama unveiling two new initiatives to boost the sluggish recovery. the first, $50 billion for transportation infrastructure, roads, railroads and airport runways. the six-year plan would be paid for by raising taxes on oil and gas companies. tomorrow the president will propose new tax breaks for businesses. republicans reacted true to form from house minority leader john of orange the white house has chosen to double down on more of the same failed stimulus spending. the man who would be speaker is expected to unveil his own party's plan for governing in the coming weeks. while the man who might have been president senator mccain said the obama administration was flailing around on the
economy and the top priority should be to extend bush era tax cuts for everyone including the wealthiest 2% of the population. back then to president obama and how he would like to frame the choice for november. >> we have tried what they're peddling. we did it for ten years. we ended up with the worst economy since the 1930s and record deficits to boot. they're betting that between now and november you're going to come down with amnesia. they figure you're going to forget what their agenda did to this country. they think you'll just believe that they've changed. and then they got the nerve to ask for the keys back. i don't want to give them the keys back. they don't know how to drive. >> on one point sadly the president may be giving the american public too much credit. in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll when asked
if republicans win control of congress in november only 35% of respondents thought the gop would return to the economic policies of george w. bush. 58% believe that republicans will have different ideas. look for democrats to work on that mindset over the next two months. probably. the democrats' other task get democrats to vote since among all registered voters party preference is dead even. 43 to 43. another poll republicans have a 47-45 edge. but republicans continue to register big leads among likely voters. meantime the question rises, did a major force in the obama administration today get the opportunity he's been waiting for, the one that would lead him to step down as the president's chief of staff? so far rahm emanuel is not really saying but this much is certain. mayor daley of chicago today announced he will not seek re-election saying it is time to move on. that's the second piece of a puzzle, the first back in april mr. emanuel expressed an interest in running for mayor of chicago if mayor daley did not. but today the president's chief of staff expressed surprise at mayor daley's decision and in the same statement praised the mayor for his leadership. let's pull this all together with "newsweek" magazine senior washington correspondent and political columnist and msnbc political analyst howard fineman. good evening, howard. >> hi, keith. >> start at the end there. rahm emanuel out? out after mid terms, before the mid terms? anybody in mind to replace him? >> well, a few questions there. >> yes. >> first of all, before or after
the mid terms? i was trying very hard right up to air time to get an answer to that. and rahm emanuel and his people are lying low at least for tonight. that's the big question. i don't think there is any doubt that rahm emanuel is going to run for mayor of chicago. he said it on television and he said it to any number of people back in chicago who i know and i talked two months ago when i was out there and they said, you know, we're ready to start fund raising for rahm the minute he gives us the word. he has to collect signatures at some point. easy thing for him to do. the deadline isn't until november 22nd so he could either wait until after the november election or do it before hand and i honestly don't know which he is going to do. >> well, does his -- does he have any impact on the mid terms?
if he left before hand would it make any difference on the mid terms? >> well, i think from the president's point of view it's -- this is an unfortunate thing for him that's going to totally blot out the story about whatever he is going to say in chicago -- cleveland tomorrow for example it's all going to be about rahm and shuffles around the chief of staff's office and who is going to be running what. i think if rahm leaves now it'll play right into the republican story line about the need to -- remember the republicans are saying the president needs to change his economic advisers. they're going to jump on this and say if rahm is leaving, look, rahm is gone. we should get rid of everybody else, etcetera, etcetera. is there a temporary chief of staff, a new permanent chief of staff? there are some names that automatically come to mind as i've been calling around this afternoon. ron klane. the chief of staff to joe biden and who is very highly regarded, some people would like to see tom daschle's name be brought back into this because it's likely that the white house is going to have to be dealing with a more republican congress regardless.
they might need somebody with a lot of hill experience. if rahm leaves daschle would be somebody who could do that. >> all right. turning to the poll numbers there has rarely been such agreement by the punditocracy -- i can't even say it because i hate the term so much -- since those guys -- since truman dewey a gop sweep in november. but the registered numbers versus the likely numbers depict another world. are we -- i know that likely means what it says -- likely -- but are we supposed to be ignoring the registered numbers or is everybody just doing that because it makes a better story line? >> well it's a better story line until it's not. in other words it is a story line now about the free fall of the white house. at some point if obama is lucky that story line will turn around. some people might argue technically that you don't go to likely voters yet. that it's still, you know, too early to focus only on likely voters since it's, you know, almost two months until election day. however, there is no doubt, keith, that at the republican grass roots and you know this if you go out and talk to people around the country, the republicans are fired up, eager to vote no, eager to cast a
protest vote against barack obama, and the democratic congress. the democratic base, the democratic party base, the liberal base, was not excited in the end about the health care bill. they're not excited about afghanistan. they're not excited about a lot of the president's economic policies. you know, peter orszag who was the budget director under barack obama, had an op-ed piece in the "new york times" in which he called for the extension of all of the bush tax cuts, including the top rate. while his former boss is saying we got to get rid of republican policies the guy who ran the budget office for obama is saying just the opposite. so there's confusion and frustration at the democratic grassroots and that's why you see the numbers as they are. >> has the president with these proposals this week even begun to get his argument, this entire argument back on his turf? >> no. the democrats are scared. they've got the deer in the headlights look about them. i asked them, some of them today, what about this infrastructure spending thing?
one of them said to me, i'm scared. the republicans are going to paint it as son of stimulus. and he would only say he would support it if it was twinned up with more tax cuts. so the only way this was going to be palatable to this democrat was if it had more tax cuts in it. that just shows you how much on the defensive democrats are at this point. >> "newsweek" howard fineman with another list of reasons we need a third party in this country. great thanks, howard. >> thank you. >> howard, as you know, if you can keep your head while all around you in the arizona desert are losing theirs and blaming it on you you could become governor of that state tomorrow. jan brewer admits no the sands are not covered with headless bodies but now she isn't sure she really did say they were. scroll over to it - there it is. i call it a "future phone." [ laughs ] i use maps if i need to find an obscure address. it's awesome. and it really makes me feel like this is my city, you know? [ laughs ] ♪
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this governor amends a statement on headless bodies jan brewer of arizona admits the desert is not littered with headless torsos. now she has a new bizarre assertion. now she won't admit she made the headless claim in the first place, first making the allegation on fox news in june repeating it two weeks later with a a local reporter claiming arizona needed sb-1070 to prevent the beheadings. >> which beheadings are you referring to? >> our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert
either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded. >> since state medical examiners and law enforcement have no records of any such thing brewer was then challenged on the claim by her democratic opponent in last week's gubernatorial train wreck -- i'm sorry -- debate. with a followup from the arizona press corps. >> what about the headless bodies? can you answer the question, governor? >> brewer now telling the associated press that whole headless body claim was an error if i said that. i misspoke but you know let me be clear. i am concerned about the border region because it continues to be reported in mexico that there's a lot of violence going on and we don't want that going into arizona. meanwhile the republican nominee for senate in nevada has been repeatedly asked about some of her more extreme claims. she refuses to disavow any of them. tea party favorite sharron angle saying she will be a, quote, mainstream senator. despite previously advocating for armed insurrection suggesting second amendment
remedies be used to, quote, take harry reid out. >> what was all that about? >> those are not the issues that people are really concerned about. >> angle who agreed with a right wing radio host claiming there are, quote, domestic enemies in congress, is not backing down from that position either. >> do we have enemies of the country in the halls of congress? >> well, certainly people who pass these kinds of policies, obama care, cap and trade, stimulus, bailout, they are certainly not friends to the free market system. >> reporter: so what are they? >> they're not friends. >> meanwhile white house adviser david axelrod telling the huffington post voters should be wary of angle and the tea party agenda. i saw that joe miller the alaska senate candidate said he would abolish social security if he has a chance. he is not alone. this is akin to what sharron angle said in nevada. also a number of these other republicans. this can go one step beyond the policies of the bush
administration, to something more extreme than we have seen. no kidding. time now to call in senior political reporter for the huffington post, amanda turkel. good evening. >> thanks for having me. >> what mr. axelrod said is well and good but why isn't the white house doing more to drive home the message? how could they do that if they decide to get around to doing it? >> the white house is in governing mode so it doesn't want to alienate conservatives but i think now what we're seeing the white house doing is saying, look. you may be more conservative than us but these candidates like sharron angle don't really represent your conservative values. calling for abolishing the department of education or cutting back on social security, these aren't conservative proposals. these are very radical and the white house is trying to say, look. if you put these people into office this is what's going to happen. >> to ms. angle in particular if she were a democrat making those kinds of claims wouldn't the gop be demanding that statements like that be retracted? why hasn't anybody picked up the ball and run with that and not just on the harry reid versus angle angle but on the bigger, national picture? >> we have to remember that sharron angle and people like
joe miller, these aren't the candidates the gop wanted representing them in these races. these were tea party backed candidates. they happened to beat the establishment backed candidate so now they're stuck with them but they're holding them at arm's length and when they say something more extreme they don't agree with they're just sort of looking the other way and hoping that no one notices it. so i think that is what the gop is trying to do but we have to remember that we already have a lawmaker in congress, michele bachmann from minnesota who actually said in 2008 that some members of congress are anti-american and she called for mccarthyite investigations into them so we already have this in washington. >> yeah, she said so on this very network, in fact. as to governor brewer and this bizarre continuing saga of the headless bodies out there in the desert, admitting that she misspoke, which is technically not what she did, misspeak is calling somebody jan when their name is john or something like
that, it is not inventing a story about dead bodies with no heads on them in the arizona desert, but just acknowledging that it's not true seems to put a hole in one of the arguments for sb-1070. how does sb-1070 survive? i mean is the next story going to be there are pterodactyls crossing the arizona/mexico border and running off with buicks in their teeth? >> that would certainly be a fun headline but governor brewer has said the majority of undocumented immigrants coming to the united states are bringing drugs. that's not true. most are coming here to work. so, you know, she says this law is so necessary in arizona but if it's so necessary, why do you have to make up these extreme reasons for the law? i mean, this reminds me of the iraq war where the bush administration said it was a war of necessity but then they lied and said there were weapons of mass destruction there. >> is there any coherent democratic strategy toward dealing with the off-the-wall gang on some sort of national basis? i mean, engage them as if they were not bizarre or, you know, keep them talking until they
reveal something that you might call the aqua buddha strategy? >> i think the second point is what they're trying to do, keep them talking. we see a lot of democratic campaigns beefing up their tracking staff, sending staffers with cameras to get on camera every single thing these candidates say and then we'll try to use it against them. i think many of these tea party candidates are realizing their off-the-cuff remarks are a liability, which is why we had jan brewer who had that disastrous debate the other day saying i'm not doing any more debates now. >> senior political reporter for the huffington post amanda terkel, great thanks. >> thank you. in the end the insurance company won. kyler van nocker got the experimental drug he needed but health america didn't pay for it. kyler has died. when you are selling fake lady gaga concert tickets there is one thing you should never, ever, ever tell the victims of the scam. in worsts meet the woman who did not know what that was. when rachel joins you at the top of the hour she'll look at why in this primary season republicans seem to have nothing but hate for other republicans.
there is breaking news tonight the chairman of the cordoba initiative the imam of the mosque in lower manhattan who is involved in the park 51 project has written an op-ed that will appear in tomorrow's editions of the "new york times" in which he says the project will continue. he had been out of the country on an assignment from the u.s. government and is writing, appearing at the "new york times", concludes from those who recognize our rights from grass roots organizers to heads of state i sense a global desire to build on this positive momentum and to be part of a global movement to heal relations and bring peace. this is an opportunity we must grasp. i therefore call upon americans to rise to this challenge, let us commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves only to strengthen the radicals and weaken our friends' belief in our values. the very word islam comes from the word close to shalom which means peace in hebrew. he concludes how better to commemorate 9/11 than urge our fellow muslims, fellow christians, and fellow jews to
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a little more on the op-ed in tomorrow's "new york times" by feisal abdul rauf about the park 51 center in lower manhattan near ground zero. one headline that is included about midway through the piece that probably is not getting the attention it deserves. i know he writes there will be interest in our financing and so we will clearly identify all of our financial backers. this is a particular bone of contention in new york city, the prospect of funding from the middle east was said to be a reason not to approve the building of the park 51 project which again he says in a commentary in tomorrow's "new york times" will go on as planned. the sad conclusion of the insurance industry's inhumanity toward the late kyler van nocker is next. first get out your pitchforks and torches. time for tonight's worst persons in the world. the bronze to debra louise brass arrested in california on a charge that using craigslist she sold fake lady gaga concert tickets to more than 80 people. police are no trouble finding
the 27-year-old alleged scam artist because the instructions the master criminal gave all the people she sold the nonexistent tickets to was to come pick them up at her house. the runner-up the national republican senatorial committee the official campaign arm of the gop decided to attack an ad from democratic senator ron wyden from oregon where people are shown reading the "new york post" while he is seen reading a paper from oregon. despite his claim that he is like oregon, it's clear from ron wyden's record that he simply lost touch with his constituents during his years in washington. senator wyden has driven our national debt a staggering $13 trillion ---failed to create jobs as the evergreen state's unemployment has skyrocketed. like the rest of his out of touch rhetoric, his new ad doesn't match reality. oregon is the beaver state. washington is the evergreen state. talking about your out of touch rhetoric not matching reality. our cowinners kim jong-il and rupert murdoch. that's right. the dictators of north korea and newscorp respectively. turns out they're in bed financially. murdoch published a mobile phone bowling game based on the big labowski and another game based on men in black. bloomberg news reporting that
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by paul van nocker's count his health care provider spent between $1.6 million and $1.8 million trying to treat his son's deadly form of cancer but in november of last year health america decided that was as far as it would go and refused to pay for treatments that would extend 5-year-old kyler's life. the parent company posted earnings of $97 million last quarter better than analysts' expectations. on sunday the young patient whose cancer treatment they refused to pay for died in the children's hospital of philadelphia. in june of 2007 kyler van nocker age 2 was diagnosed with stage four neuro blastoma, cancer. he spent the next two years fighting for his life. two times requiring treatment from drugs that had not yet been approved by the fda each treatment paid for by his insurance. in october of last year, kyler's cancer, which had been in remission, returned. his doctor at children's hospital determined a third drug also not approved by the fda was needed. this time health america refused to pay. it called that drug experimental and cited the lack of fda
approval even though that drug was considered standard care in europe. still doctors went forward with the treatment and for a time the 5-year-old got better. bankrupt, with no way to pay the bill, the boy's parents filed a lawsuit against health america in february hoping they could shame the insurance company into paying for their son's life saving treatment. that's when kyler's father paul appeared on this news hour. >> this is not about access to health coverage. i work hard. i have health coverage. kyler actually has two health insurances covering him. this is about insurance companies making decisions instead of the doctors. >> the van nockers turned to medicaid of new jersey to pay for part of their son's latest treatment. the children's hospital of philadelphia forgave the rest of the cost. the lawsuit was dropped and health america was off the hook. this sunday surrounded by his family three months before his sixth birthday kyler van nocker succumbed to complications of the cancer he had fought so bravely for three years. let's turn to ronnie polanesky,
the columnist for the philadelphia daily news who first brought the story to light and chronicled this family's plight over three years. thanks for your time tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> you have spoken to kyler's parents since this happened. how are they doing? >> well, i think as any parents who have children who are sick as kyler was he had many setbacks along the way and he would always rebound. you know, he always, always came back and each time he got really sick his parents would always say if we could just have one more day. just give us one more day. so for three years he had three years of one more day and when i spoke with paul on sunday he sounded, you know, as you can imagine very tired but i think they're stunned that sunday was the last day. so it's a pretty -- a very difficult time for them. they are incredibly strong people. they've got wonderful family and support so i think that they do feel they're being carried through this. >> they were spectacular in bringing this story public the way they did with you and then briefly with us in february. another note about what paul has told you and this was today, that he had not spoken out before, couldn't speak out before because of that lawsuit.
is he able to say more about the health care provider now that the lawsuit is at an end? >> i think the world better prepare themselves for paul van nocker to be honest with you. i mean, he is a man with a lot of opinions and they're well grounded, thoughtful, well researched and once the lawsuit was filed he didn't want to say anything that might in any way jeopardize kyler's case. so i think now, you know, obviously they have things to tend to right now. kyler's viewing is friday. his funeral is saturday. they have two other younger children. the school year has started. i think they need to sit back and take some big, deep breaths and kind of recover from what the last three years have been like but as paul explained to me, he said, i am one pissed off dad and i think washington is going to hear about it. >> all of the fear mongering about government bureaucrats making end of life decisions, rationing, the death panel,
crime against humanity that phrase was, we saw all of that not with what they've dubbed obama care but with the system that it intends to overhaul, this, the system, the health care reform reforms. this was a death panel. are people in the country brought to understand that reality through tragedies like van nocker -- the van nocker story and particularly this incredible, inappropriately timed let alone being inappropriate at any time battle over whether or not a sick child should get the medicine that he needs? >> well, i think people have an idea of what a death panel would look like. it would be a panel of people saying okay, we're done. it's time. it doesn't happen that way. it happens with, you know, one small decision and then another decision and then another decision and oftentimes the decisions usurp the opinions and the expertise of these experts who know best. i mean, in kyler's case he was treated at children's hospital of philadelphia. it's one of the world's best places for treatment, particularly of this disease. kids come from all over the world for it.
okay? so he has -- he had amazing doctors and they say this is the standard of care. and you have an insurance company that says, no. it's not. or, you know, it's considered -- one thing that they said to me last year when i reported on this, they said, well, this isn't considered effective. and yet they wouldn't define what does effective mean? effective means this will cure him and he'll live 50 years or does it mean this is what he needs right now and he'll have some more one more days? and i think an important thing to remember especially in kyler's case, which he -- they knew from the get-go that he was seriously ill. i don't know if some insurance companies decide, well, if this child is going to succumb anyway the prognosis isn't great anyway, is this where we put our dollars? it's important to remember that about 30 years ago children did not survive childhood leukemia. and they routinely survive it now. i mean, many forms. they live well into adulthood and beyond. and that wouldn't have happened if they hadn't bee